Welcome to my Art Blog! I paint or draw most weekdays and sometimes finish a painting a day. I fondly call them my "Postcards from Paradise" because it's such a beautiful place the Lord made here for us.

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Thank you to everyone who entered the second drawing for the reproduction of "Greater Love". Congratulations to winner Tina in Idaho!

If you didn't win and would like one of these, I have more available at my website Reproductions page, along with other inspiring pieces. Wishing you all a blessed Resurrection weekend. Christ is risen!

Friday, March 21, 2008

"Til He Appeared" Christian Art Repros Available

"Til He Appeared" Figurative/Christian Art
©1993 Diana Moses Botkin
Oil on Linen 20x22"


Today is Good Friday and I wanted to share this with you. It portrays the story in Luke 7 of the Lord's kindness to this woman who washed the Lord's feet with her tears and hair.

This painting is in a permanent collection. You can read more about this piece, or order a reproduction at my online giclee gallery, LifeImages. Or contact me if you'd like to commission something similar.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

And we have a winner!

Thank you to everyone who entered the drawing! It was really fun seeing all the names and addresses as the email entries came in last night and today. I printed each one on a half sheet of paper and folded them small. There were too many to fit in a hat, so they went in a box and my son Isaiah just now picked the winner out of the box.

Congratulations to Marie in North Carolina! She chose "Cobalt Salt Shaker". This was such a pleasure I'm going to do another free drawing as a bonus this month, for one of my reproductions.

"Greater Love" Christian Art
©1987 Diana Moses Botkin

This Pen & Ink, inspired by Michelangelo's sculptural work is appropriate for this weekend when we observe the Lord's sacrifice on the cross and His resurrection. The calligraphy reads: "Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down His life for His friends" John 15:13.

I'm going to do a bonus giveaway today (March 20) of this signed reproduction. Please email me
in the next 24 hours if you would like to win it. Just send an email with "Win Reproduction" in the subject line and include your name and full mailing address. I will then have my son pick the name for the winner. It could be you! There are no strings attached; I will even pay to ship it to you.

P.S. If you weren't the winner for your choice of giveaway paintings and would like to purchase, they are for sale. You can send me an email with an offer, or I can quote you the buy now price. Please don't be shy. And reproductions such as the one above are available at my Website.

Friday, March 14, 2008

Free Painting Giveaway Coming Soon!

"Katherine" Portrait
©1982 Diana Moses Botkin
Fired Clay, Life Size

 Perhaps you'd like to see one of my clay sculptures? I did this portrait when our oldest child was a baby. She was always a serious girl and this aspect of her young personality revealed itself even in this study I did of her, mostly when she was in her "sassy seat". I don't remember now, but I must've given her something to play with or look at while I modeled the clay. Maybe it was play-doh, which she enjoyed. Or likely it was a book: she has always loved them and grew to be a voracious reader.

Today I varnished some of my daily paintings and worked on another article I'm writing for Art Calendar Magazine. No actual painting done today, but I thought about some new ideas I hope to paint soon.

Keep watching for my free painting giveaway. It's not yet, but it will be soon. And I promise it will be worth the wait. I decided today I'm going to offer a choice of several of my still life paintings on the giveaway day. I hope you'll stay tuned!

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Sold Daily Paintings

"Lipstick and Rouge" Oil 6"x4"
©2008 Diana Moses Botkin

"Brass Key" Miniature Oil
©2008 Diana Moses Botkin

"Watching the Gamer" Oil 5"x 7"
©2008 Diana Moses Botkin

"Three Marbles" Oil 4"x 6"
©2008 Diana Moses Botkin

"Sparkle Marble" Oil Mini
©2008 Diana Moses Botkin

"Eye Makeup" Oil Mini
©2008 Diana Moses Botkin

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

"Rouge Pot" Still Life Daily Painting

Original miniature oil painting 2.25"x3.25"
Scarlet red rouge in a tiny pink and white vintage compact, set on a blue background, detailed Dutch style painting.

Gold Frame $55.
Contact to see frame pictures or buy this little jewel.

I discovered the vintage Charles of the Ritz rouge pot recently in my stage makeup case. Believe it or not, this little container of face paint is over 40 years old. The color and texture reminds me of cadmium scarlet oil paint; one of my favorite colours to use for rosy cheeks in portraits and for rosy clouds.

©2008 Diana Moses Botkin

Monday, March 3, 2008

"Waiting for Daddy" Painting of Young Girl

"Waiting For Daddy" Portrait/Still Life
©1992 Diana Moses Botkin
Original oil painting


The original is no longer available, but if you like this image, you may order a
giclée reproduction on canvas at my LifeImages Gallery.

Please contact me if you'd like details about commissioning your own special portrait.